Salah voted Writers footballer of the year
Mohamed Salah has become the sensation of English football
Egyptian and Liverpool’s forward Mohamed Salah has been voted Player of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA). This comes after an outstanding season in which he has scored 43 goals in all competitions.
Salah narrowly beat Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in a ballot of over 400 FWA members, with the winning margin less than 20 votes. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was placed third.
The 25-year-old is the first African player to win the FWA award which began in 1948.
“What a race it has been between two players who, in a relatively short time, have reached genuine world class. But Mo Salah is the worthiest of winners.
“He is also the first African to receive the award and we congratulate him on a magnificent season,’’ FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay said.
Salah has helped Liverpool, who are third in the English Premier League, into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 10 years.
Mohamed Salah was also named the Champions League Player of the Week after he inspired his team to a 5-2 victory over AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. He beats Real Madrid’s Marcelo to take the UEFA award.
Salah also won by a landslide BBC Sports readers player of the year.
BBC Sport readers were asked to select their winner from the six-man shortlist and the Liverpool forward got 76% of the votes. De Bruyne was second with 14% of the votes.
The inaugural FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year Award was won by Chelsea and England forward Fran Kirby who was also crowned PFA Women’s Player of the Year last month.